Every Thursday Evening…

Late Night Dining

Longer days and lighter nights mean late night dining at Bodenham! From Thursday 3rd May our Restaurant will be serving dinner from  6.00pm – 7.30pm every Thursday evening until the end of September.

Surely there’s no better mid week treat after work than dinner overlooking the lake here at Bodenham. Bookings are recommended as Thursday Evening dining always proved to be extremely popular. Tel: 01562 852444 to make your reservation.

 

 

Fri 28th September

Pudding Night at Bodenham!

Back by popular demand – the Bodenham Pudding Night!

From 6.30pm – 9.30pm our chefs will be delivering their very best desserts! Menus will be published soon, however, we will be serving….

Savoury starters, then enjoy as much as you want of ten fabulous desserts……all served with hot custard, fresh cream or ice cream, plus a selection of cheeses / crusty bread.

Cost : £25.00 pp

To book please call the Visitor Centre on 01562 852444 – £5 deposit per person (balance payable on the evening).

*Should we run out of any of the above listed puddings on the night we reserve the right to serve alternatives – because Bodenham never runs out of puddings and they will be equally delicious!

Sat 29th & Sun 30th Sept

Svartland Vikings come to Bodenham!

They’re back! Come down to Bodenham and experience the life of a Viking where you’ll get to see the different crafts, skills, games, pastimes and combat displays! A great family event!

All the Svartland members are very friendly and approachable and love to talk to people and share their knowledge of the Viking Age! Various displays throughout the day / over the weekend.

Normal admission charges apply to go into the grounds – £6.50 Adults, £3.50 (5-16 year olds), under 5s free of charge.

The Vikings will also be returning in September!

Booking not required – pay upon arrival.

Mon 1st Oct – Sun 7th Oct

An Autumn Poetry Trail

A Celebration of Autumn showcasing the work of The Bewdley Bards!

Meander around the wonderful woodland walks of Bodenham, soak up the splendour of the beautiful Autumnal colours and find inspiration with a collection of poems decorating the trees in celebration of the most colourful season of the year!

The Trail will showcase the work of local writing group ‘The Bewdley Bards’ who wish to share their odes to Autumn, as well as featuring the poetry of some of our finest poets such as John Clare, Shakespeare and Keats.

We will also be running a Poetry Competition for anyone wishing to try their hand…details can be found on the Trail. Plus you can pop along and meet some of the members of the Bewdley Bards for some poetry readings on Thursday 4th October which is National Poetry Day! 

Standard Arboretum Admission fees apply – £6.50 Adults, £3.50 Children (5-16yrs) Under 5s Free. Open every day throughout October 11am – 5pm. Booking is not required.

Wed 24th Oct

Mandala Stone Workshop

Experience the calm of slow, mindful making in this relaxed, process based workshop in Bodenham’s beautiful Lakeside Room. Rich in symbolism, “Mandala” comes from a sanskrit word meaning circle. These ancient patterns are found in many different cultures representing unity & harmony between the inner being and the outer world.

Tutors Lisa and Claire are qualified Teachers, BA Hons, PGCE (Claire) and BEd Hons (Lisa) who have been running creative and crochet workshops since 2014 helping people to learn new craft skills and relax with mindful making.

This is a beginner friendly, creative workshop where you will learn how to paint your own beautiful, concentric circle designs, using simple tools and a range of vibrant colours.  Two hours of relaxed, mindful making. All materials are provided for use during the workshop, including paint, tools and your own smooth Cornish cobble. You also get a personalised take away kit which includes a sampler bookmark, pencil, blank card tags, circle apertures, mini acrylic paint pot and a set of dotting tools. Hot / cold drinks are also provided.

Two hour workshop, 11am – 1pm, cost: £25

HOW TO BOOK & PAY: Call the Visitor Centre at Bodenham Arboretum 01562 852444 (Closed Monday and Tuesdays). Payment methods: – Credit Card / Cash. Alternatively visit www.createsometime.co.uk.

Sat 27th – Wed 31st October

Halloween Torchlit Pumpkin Walk

Due to popular demand this year we have extended our event to 5 nights: Sat 27th – Wed 31st October, 5.00 – 7.30pm.                  (Please note that tickets for SAT 27th and SUN 28th Oct have sold out).

A wonderful family event where you can enjoy a torchlit walk around the Big Pool at Bodenham Arboretum, spotting the pumpkins and trying to work out the hidden word. Then on the lakeside terrace take part in fun activities such as cooking marshmallows on the camp fire, making a spooky spider or wand at the craft table, listening to our scary ghost stories or apple bobbing…!

The restaurant will also be open to purchase homemade soup, jacket potatoes and warm drinks.

Tickets £4 each (Adults and Children over 2 years. Under 2s free of charge) – plus booking fee. Early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment as tickets are limited! (Sat 27th & Sun 28th are FULLY BOOKED).

BOOK ONLINE AT TICKETSOURCE – www.ticketsource.co.uk/bodenhamarboretum 

Don’t forget your:
* Torches
* Carved pumpkin for the competition
* Fancy dress (though if cold you may want to put this over your nice warm clothes!).
* A print out of your ticket!

Please be aware that if cooking marshmallows by the fire that some costumes are highly flammable! All children to be accompanied by a responsible adult.

An event organised by The World Outside and Bodenham Arboretum.

Wed 31st October – Fri 2nd Nov

Wilderness Explorers with The World Outside

Wilderness Explorers is a two hour session for 5-12 year olds (or one hour for the Under 5s) run by The World Outside, where children can experience and discover the woods in a safe and secure environment. The wonderful woodland of Bodenham Arboretum provides a beautiful autumnal backdrop for our adventures! Activities include bushcraft and forest school type activities, including den building, mud kitchen, cooking on the fire, natural arts and crafts.

Please note that unless otherwise stated that children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Ages are for guidance only please enquire if you have siblings outside of the suggested age group

2 HOUR SESSION – 5 – 12 year olds…Cost £5.50 (siblings £4.75), Wed 31st Oct 10 -12 noon or 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Thurs 1st Nov (10 -12 noon SOLD OUT) 1.00pm – 3.00pm

1 HOUR SESSION – Under 5s, Cost £4.50 (siblings £4.20) Fri 2nd Nov 10 – 11am or 11.30 – 12.30pm

To book – see link below please.
For further information on times, activities and prices, please email Sandra at sandra@the-worldoutside.co.uk or take a look at our website www.the-worldoutside.co.uk

Mon 5th & Mon 12th November

Pencil & Watercolour Workshops

Come down to Bodenham Arboretum and unleash your inner artist with the help of local artist Daphne Millington. Learn new skills using pencils and / or watercolours to create your very own masterpiece.

We ask that you please bring a HB pencil + a selection of coloured pencils, putty rubber and smooth paper if you’re sticking to the pencil drawing; if you prefer using watercolours please bring along your own paints and brushes – however we will have some spare if you’re unable to get hold of all of these.

The day also includes morning tea or coffee with cake, homemade meat plaits with a selection of delicious salads and a scrumptious homemade dessert and finish the day off with the Bodenham afternoon cream tea.

Time: 10am – 4pm
Cost: £29.50 per person with a non refundable £5 deposit to be paid per person to secure your place.
To book: call the Visitor Centre 01562 852 444. Please note spaces are limited.

 

 

Fri 9th November

‘Walpurgisnacht’ – Three Spine Chilling Ghost Stories by Candlelight & Supper

Following the success of our earlier ‘Evening of Delectable Terror, the talented Alan Birch returns as The Librarian to read by candlelight three spine chilling ghost stories from A.G Smith in one terrifying night …..Walpurgisnacht (pronounced Val-purr-gess-nacht).

“Walpurgis Night was when, according to the belief of millions of people, the devil was abroad—when the graves were opened and the dead came forth and walked. When all evil things of earth and air and water held revel.” Bram Stoker, “Dracula’s Guest”

Venue: The Visitor Centre, Bodenham Arboretum.
Doors open 7.00pm for 7.30pm start.

Supper: Choose from Lamb Tagine, Beef Hotpot or Pork in Apple and Cider, served with rice and crusty bread. A Vegetarian option will also be available, plus we will gladly cater for anyone with special dietary requirements. A bar will also be open.

Story 1: THE DWELLING
An unsolved murder, a creepy stranger and the arrival of a mysterious book on the shelves of Weeping Bank Library, lead us into the dark world of witchcraft.

Story 2: DR ABSALOM’S LETTERS
When noted wildlife expert Doctor Absalom refuses to provide a foreword for a new book on Cryptozoology his stable life slowly begins to unravel as he is sent a series of disturbing letters warning him to reconsider.

Story 3: THE FIGURE ON THE PIER
Artist Humphrey Oscroft is commissioned to paint the official portrait of the opening ceremony of Weeping Bank Pier. When he develops the photograph taken on the morning of the ribbon cutting, he discovers the blurred image of a figure standing amongst the crowd. Who is she, and what is the horrifying secret he has captured in his photograph?

Cost £15 per person (+ booking fee), which includes supper…

*Book online – https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/bodenhamarboretum
Alternatively, you can book at the Visitor Centre, Bodenham Arboretum – Tel: 01562 852444. (Please note we are closed Mondays and Tuesdays if you are ringing to make a booking).

* A booking fee applies. Online booking – please either print out your tickets or download to your phone so that we may view upon entrance to the event, thank you.

Sat 10th November

Charity Neon Dog Walk

The Greyhound Trust Hall Green and Bodenham Arboretum invite you to a Neon Dog Walk in support of MacMillan Cancer Support and the Animal Cancer Trust.

Join us as we take an enchanted woodland walk with our four-legged friends, illuminating the pathways on this November evening! Anyone can join in – you don’t have to bring a dog! There will be an approximate 1-mile circuit around the Arboretum – meet at 5pm and we leave the Visitor Centre at 5.30pm. Return to the Visitor Centre after the walk for a light supper which comprises a jacket potato with a choice of filling.

Neon collars / necklaces will be available to purchase on the evening, however you are welcome to bring your own.
Please note that dogs must be kept on leads at all times please.

Tickets: £7.50 which includes food, available from: –
www.ticketsource.co.uk/bodenhamarboretum

For further information tel: 01562 852444

Mon 19th November

Djembe Drums Workshop

Experience the energy of traditional West African drumming and the joy of community music making with tutor Faith Sax for an energizing day here in the beautiful surroundings of Bodenham Arboretum.

£37.00 per person for the day, which also includes morning tea or coffee, a Ploughman’s Lunch and an afternoon cream tea!

The day is pitched for beginners and improvers to learn how to play Djembe and Bass Drums. Drums are provided.

Other workshops are listed for the rest of the year too.

To book please call 01562 852444.

Sat 22nd December

Carols by Candlelight

One of favourite family events of the year! Join the torch-lit procession from the Visitor Centre to the Barns for our Christmas Carol Service led by the Reverend Bridget Woodall, before returning to the Lakeside Terrace for mulled wine and mince pies (included in ticket price).

A bar will be open & hot food inc turkey baguettes will be served until 9pm. Vegetarian option & Children’s Snack Boxes also available.

Tickets – £4 per person (Adults & children 2yrs+)
Book online – www.ticketsource.co.uk/bodenhamarboretum
Proceeds go to St. John the Baptist Church, Wolverley.

Sat 24th November – Tues 1st January*

Christmas Nativity Trail

The Nativity Trail at Bodenham has long been a tradition popular with families for several years. We invite you to come and take part in our magical family event, following the stars, before reaching the live Nativity Scene in the farmyard barns, complete with our family of donkeys.

You can take part in our competition along the way – answering questions along the trail before posting your entry in the Visitor Centre. The winners will be announced at the end of the Christmas Season and a prize awarded.

The Nativity Trail is included in normal admission into the grounds – £6.50 Adults, £3.50 Children (5-16 years).
Booking isn’t necessary – simply turn up and pay upon arrival.

*PLEASE NOTE WE ARE CLOSED: MON 26th & TUES 27th NOVEMBER, CHRISTMAS DAY AND BOXING DAY.

PAST EVENTS

Mon 17th Sept

Djembe Drums Workshop

Experience the energy of traditional West African drumming and the joy of community music making with tutor Faith Sax for an energizing day here in the beautiful surroundings of Bodenham Arboretum.

£37.00 per person for the day, which also includes morning tea or coffee, a Ploughman’s Lunch and an afternoon cream tea!

The day is pitched for beginners and improvers to learn how to play Djembe and Bass Drums. Drums are provided.

Other workshops are listed for the rest of the year too.

To book please call 01562 852444.

Sat 8th September

Fun Dog Show & Fete! 11am – 3.00pm

Come and join Greyhound Trust Hall Green at Bodenham Arboretum for a special day.

World renowned Cartoonist Richard Skipworth and his faithful greyhound Magic will be opening the dog show at around 11 am and will be there most of the day to meet and greet along with some of his work.

An all Breeds Dog Show with rosettes and trophies, our unusual stalls, the Blood Bank team and of course the amazing Heelwork to Music Westglen, Clent HTM Team along with a Face Painter and Balloon modeler ….. plus you can walk around the Arboretum, eat at the restaurant and enjoy all it has to offer … can you really afford to miss it?

Special rates for this charity day – a small admission fee of £2.00 for Adults (the dog and owner get free entry into one of our classes) and £1.00 for under 16’s with half of the entry fee going to the hounds in the charity’s care.

Sat 21st July –  Sun 2nd September

The BodenGnome Trail

Come and explore the BodenGnome Trail here at the Arboretum and see if you can spot our gnomes! Maybe they’re out on a woodland walk or perhaps they’ve gone fishing? Or maybe they’re helping out on the farm! Track them down, solve the puzzles and enter the competition to win a prize! Fun for all the family!

The BodenGnome Trail runs throughout the summer – it opens Sat 21st July and runs until Sun 2nd September. Please note we are closed Mondays and Tuesdays except for Bank Holiday.

Arboretum Entrance fees apply: £6.50 Adults, £3.50 Children (5-16yrs), Under 5s free. Booking not necessary – simply pay upon arrival.
Dogs on leads are welcome too.

 

Sat 1st September Plant Hunters’ Fair

FREE admission into the Plant Fair. Top specialist nurseries with thousands of plants to choose from. Each stall has it’s own unique range of plants including rare, unusual, heritage and brand new varieties. There is something for every garden.

Normal admission applies into the grounds.

Sat 25th Aug

 

Open Air Yoga with Victoria Waits

Enjoy yoga in the open air, exploring the body and opening the mind. The session is open to all levels of experience, whether you have never done yoga before or are an experienced practitioner. Enjoying an open flow and open hearted practice in the beautiful grounds of Bodenham Arboretum. Guided by yoga teacher Victoria Waits you will be taken on a journey gaining knowledge about the body, how it moves and how you can help release tension and stress. Increase your self awareness and well being, build strength and flexibility. Learn to relax. Enjoy a workshop every two weeks, each one focusing on different areas within the body.
Sat 25th Aug – Restore in Nature with Victoria Waits
Each time you come along to a session you will gain information which will enable you to take this experience home and learn to heal your body in your personal practice and adjust it to your own bodies needs. Time: 2.00-3.30pm, Cost: £10 per person. Book in advance by calling the Visitor Centre on 01562 852444. Meet at the visitors centre 10-15 minutes prior to session beginning. Suitable for ages 16+. Please bring your own mat if you have one, if not email me at victoriawaitsyoga@gmail.com. Wear comfortable clothes nothing too baggy, nothing too tight! The Visitor Centre has lovely food and refreshments (not included in the price) so we can all enjoy a drink and sit down after the workshop has finished. These workshops are held in the grounds outdoors, enjoying the fresh air and beautiful sunshine. Sessions are weather permitting, if it is raining on the day you will receive notification that the workshop has been cancelled and will be refunded in full

Wed 25th July –  Fri 31st Aug (Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays)

Summer Holiday Fun with The World Outside

The World Outside is an independent Forest School run within the grounds of Bodenham Arboretum.

WEDNESDAYS – 2 HOUR SESSION for 5 to 12 year olds
Bushcraft and Woodland Activities for families
10am – 12noon / 1pm – 3pm: 25 July, 1 Aug, 8 Aug, 15, Aug, 22 Aug, 29 Aug
Cost £5.50 (discount for siblings)
Children to be accompanied by a responsible adult
(Younger siblings are welcome – though they must have a ticket!)

THURSDAYS – DROP OFF & LEAVE, 7 HOUR SESSION – 5 – 14 YEARS OLDS
9.00AM – 4.00PM: 26th July, 2nd August, 9th August, 16th August, 23rd August, 30th August,
£26.00 per a child/ Sibling Discount £23.00
Activities include stream damming, den building, pong dipping, cooking on fire, tool use, mini beast hunting plus much much more.
Bring a packed lunch, waterproofs, wellies, suntan cream and a sun hat and a change of clothes. Long sleeves and trousers recommended. Places are limited so please book early.

FRIDAYS – A 1 HOUR SESSION for 5 under fives
A session in the woodlands at Bodenham Arboretum for families based on the Forest School Ethos

10 – 11am and 11.30am – 12.30pm: 27 Jul, 3 Aug, 10 Aug, 17 Aug, 24 Aug, 31 Aug
Cost £4.50 (discount for siblings). (Children to be accompanied by a responsible adult)

For more information:
http://www.theworldoutside.co.uk/summer-holidays/4594295463
Or contact Sandra, e-mail – sandra@theworldoutside.co.uk / Tel: 07765 394456.
To book: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/theworldoutsideforestschool

Please note: Activity clothes and sturdy shoes are a must for al! Bring waterproofs, wellies, suntan cream and a sun hat (a change of clothes for the journey home).Long sleeves and trousers
recommended. You do not need to pay entry to the Arboretum to attend forest school but attendance at forest school does not permit entry to the Arboretum.

 

Mon 13th Aug

Djembe Drums Workshop

Experience the energy of traditional West African drumming and the joy of community music making with tutor Faith Sax for an energizing day here in the beautiful surroundings of Bodenham Arboretum.

£37.00 per person for the day, which also includes morning tea or coffee, a Ploughman’s Lunch and an afternoon cream tea!

The day is pitched for beginners and improvers to learn how to play Djembe and Bass Drums. Drums are provided.

Other workshops are listed for the rest of the year too.

To book please call 01562 852444.

Mon 16th & Mon 23rd July

Pencil & Watercolour Workshops

Come down to Bodenham Arboretum and unleash your inner artist with the help of local artist Daphne Millington. Learn new skills using pencils and / or watercolours to create your very own masterpiece.

We ask that you please bring a HB pencil + a selection of coloured pencils, putty rubber and smooth paper if you’re sticking to the pencil drawing; if you prefer using watercolours please bring along your own paints and brushes – however we will have some spare if you’re unable to get hold of all of these.

The day also includes morning tea or coffee with cake, homemade meat plaits with a selection of delicious salads and a scrumptious homemade dessert and finish the day off with the Bodenham afternoon cream tea.

Time: 10am – 4pm
Cost: £29.50 per person with a non refundable £5 deposit to be paid per person to secure your place.
To book: call the Visitor Centre 01562 852 444. Please note spaces are limited. Please note that we have other workshops running throughout the year – these will be listed here in ‘What’s On.’

 

 

Wed 27th June

Botanical ‘Sun Prints’ Workshop

Bodenham Arboretum is delighted to host this inspirational ‘Botanical Sun Prints Workshop’ led by Lisa and Claire from ‘Create Some Time.’

Learn how to get started with cyanotype printing and experiment with your own botanical designs. Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print. Engineers used the process well into the 20th century as a simple and low-cost process to produce copies of drawings, referred to as blueprints.

Enjoy acquiring a new skill and experience the calm of slow, mindful making in this relaxed, process based workshop in Bodenham’s beautiful Lakeside Room.

Tutors Lisa and Claire are qualified Teachers, BA Hons, PGCE (Claire) and BEd Hons (Lisa) who have been running creative and crochet workshops since 2014 helping people to learn new craft skills and relax with mindful making.

This is a beginner friendly, creative workshop where you will be exploring the process of cyanotype printing. You will learn how to get started with cyanotype printing and experiment with your own designs.

There will be the opportunity to choose from a range of pressed leaves, petals, blooms, die cuts and haberdashery to compose a reference print before moving on to explore the materials further to design your own prints. All materials are provided for use during the workshop and you will also receive a lovely, take away kit full of tips, ideas and resources to turn your prints into super satisfying projects at home. Hot / cold drinks provided.

Cost: £25

To book, please call Bodenham’s Visitor Centre on 01562 852444 – payments can me made via card / telephone or you may wish to call in and pay in cash.

Max number of participants: 20

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Mon 2nd July

Djembe Drums Workshop

Experience the energy of traditional West African drumming and the joy of community music making with tutor Faith Sax for an energizing day here in the beautiful surroundings of Bodenham Arboretum.

£37.00 per person for the day, which also includes morning tea or coffee, a Ploughman’s Lunch and an afternoon cream tea!

The day is pitched for beginners and improvers to learn how to play Djembe and Bass Drums. Drums are provided.

Other workshops are listed for the rest of the year too.

To book please call 01562 852444.

Sat 26th May

Pencil & Watercolour Workshop

Come down to Bodenham Arboretum and unleash your inner artist with the help of local artist Daphne Millington. Learn new skills using pencils and / or watercolours to create your very own masterpiece.

We ask that you please bring a HB pencil + a selection of coloured pencils, putty rubber and smooth paper if you’re sticking to the pencil drawing; if you prefer using watercolours please bring along your own paints and brushes – however we will have some spare if you’re unable to get hold of all of these.

The day also includes morning tea or coffee with cake, homemade meat plaits with a selection of delicious salads and a scrumptious homemade dessert and finish the day off with the Bodenham afternoon cream tea.

Time: 10am – 4pm
Cost: £29.50 per person with a non refundable £5 deposit to be paid per person to secure your place.
To book: call the Visitor Centre 01562 852 444. Please note spaces are limited. Please note that we have other workshops running throughout the year – these will be listed here in ‘What’s On.’

 

 

Thurs 24th May for 8 weeks

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction – 8 Week Course

Carole Lacy delivers this 8 – week course at Bodenham Arboretum, held on the following dates/times: –

Thursday mornings 10 -12.30, on the following dates: –
24th May, 31st May, 7th June, 14th June, 21st June, 28th June, 5th July, 12th July
Plus an All Day ‘Silent’ Retreat Sat June 30th (10am – 3pm)

Training in Mindfulness can help us to: handle stress and anxiety more effectively, maintain healthier, happier relationships and more fulfilling lives, press our pause button and respond calmly to situations rather than overreacting or made to feel overwhelmed.

Tutor Carole Lacy has trained to teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at the world renowned Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University and abides by the Good Practice Guidelines laid down by the UK Network for Mindfulness Based Teachers.

Cost: £122.50 (normally £175), includes 26 hrs of teaching and guided meditation…

Limited spaces – to book, please: –
E-mail carole@mindfulstream.co.uk or tel 0793 962 3566.

 

 

Thurs 3rd & 10th May

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction – Free Taster Session, 10.00 – 11.30am

Carole Lacy introduces ‘Mindfulness’ to anyone who may be wondering what mindfulness practice is all about and what it might involve.
The session will involve a short sitting meditation, mindful chocolate eating and bringing awareness to bodily sensations through the ‘body scan’ or gentle mindful movement.

Limited spaces – to reserve a place, please –
Tel: Bodenham Arboretum on 01562 852444
E-mail: info@bodenham-arboretum.co.uk

Carol Lacey has trained to teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at the world renowned Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University and abides by the Good Practice Guidelines laid down by the UK Network for Mindfulness Based Teachers.

 

May – June

Mindful Movement & Walking at Bodenham Arboretum

Revive the body, mind and spirit through Mindful Movement and Walking, taking in the nature and beauty of Bodenham Arboretum.

£10.00 per session – 1½ hrs, includes day pass to the Arboretum.
Starting 10am, finishing 11.30am.
Starting Saturday 14th April, then the following 2nd and 4th Saturday each month, until 27th October:-

SAT 12 May, SAT 26 May, SAT 9 June,

The moves are based on ancient meditation practices of Do In self massage and flowing Qi Gong. As we then move into Mindful Walking we can explore what it means to be fully in the Present Moment, awakening the senses to this wonderful world we all share.

Limited spaces – early booking recommended. To book, please: –
Tel: Bodenham Arboretum on 01562 852444
E-mail: info@bodenham-arboretum.co.uk

Tutor Carole Lacy has trained to teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at the world renowned Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University and abides by the Good Practice Guidelines laid down by the UK Network for Mindfulness Based Teachers.

Sat 5th May

Family Yoga at Bodenham

A lovely yoga workshop for the family which will be hosted by Rebecca Yoga Fae, a kind and open-hearted teacher who has so many years of experience working with children. Inspiring children to be creative through movement and imagination.
 
The family yoga workshop is a chance for you to spend valuable time together and take a journey through yoga. Not only will you learn about the benefits it has for you and your child but it is an opportunity to take away some ideas to continue within a home environment.
 
It is Rebecca’s aim as a teacher to facilitate a fun and rewarding session where we can use yoga through play and story time. During the session you will also work on mindful breathing exercises and end with a relaxation visualisation.
 
2.30 – 4.00pm
£12.00 for an adult and child, £3 per additional child each workskhop – book in advance by calling the Visitor Centre on 01562 852444. Another Workshop is running on Sat 9th June.
 
Meet at the Visitors Centre 10-15 minutes prior to session beginning.
Suitable for ages 5-12 years. If you have children younger and older that would like to attend please message for details.
Please bring your own mat if you have one, if not please let us know if you wish to borrow one.
Wear comfortable clothes – nothing too baggy, nothing too tight!
 
The Visitors Centre has lovely food and refreshments (not included in the price) so we can all enjoy a drink and sit down after the workshop has finished.
 
These workshops are held in the grounds outdoors, enjoying the fresh air and beautiful sunshine. Sessions are weather permitting, if it is raining on the day you will receive notification that the workshop has been cancelled and will be refunded in full, or you may roll your payment to another session.

 

 

Fri 27th April

Pudding Night at Bodenham!

We are delighted to hold the first of what we hope will be many Pudding Nights here at Bodenham! From 6.30pm – 9.30pm our chefs will be delivering their very best desserts!*

Savoury starters, choose one of the following: Garlic Mushrooms, Bruschetta, Vegetable Soup, Smoked Pâté, Tempura Battered Black Pudding.

Then enjoy as much as you want of the following:….
From the Cold Counter: Eton Mess, Chocolate & Cherry Roulade, Honey & Ginger Cheesecake, Prosecco Jelly, Key Lime Pie; and from the Hot Counter: Apple Pie, Spotted Dick, Giant Jaffa Cake, Sticky Toffee Tower, Salted Caramel Tart
…all served with hot custard or fresh cream.

Plus a selection of cheeses / crusty bread.

Cost : £25.00 pp

To book please call the Visitor Centre on 01562 852444 (please note we are closed Mondays and Tuesdays).
£5 deposit per person (balance payable on the evening).

*Should we run out of any of the above listed puddings on the night we reserve the right to serve alternatives – because Bodenham never runs out of puddings and they will be equally delicious!

Mon 23rd April 

Djembe Drumming Workshop for Beginners – Improvers

Experience the energy of traditional West African drumming and the joy of community music making with tutor Faith Sax for an energizing day here in the beautful surroundings of Bodenham Arboertum.

£37.00 per person for the day, which also includes morning tea or coffee, a Ploughman’s Lunch and an afternoon cream tea!

The day is pitched for beginners and improvers to learn how to play Djembe and Bass Drums. Drums are provided.

Other Workshops will be running on: May 21st, July 2nd, Aug 13th, Sept 17th and Nov 19th.

To book please call 01562 852444.

 

Thurs 19th April 

Open Morning – Bodenham Arboretum Volunteer Scheme

Do you have time on your hands and a love of gardening and / or horticulture? Do you enjoy spending time outdoors amongst nature?

Would you like to work at what is described as ‘Worcestershire’s hidden garden? Then join us for coffee and cake from 10am – 12 noon to find out more about our Volunteer Scheme.

Volunteering can be an extremely rewarding experience in its own right but in return for your time we are offering attractive rewards which include free Annual Membership* and Restaurant Discount.

If you would like to pop along please register your interest by calling Bodenham Arboretum on 01562 852444 or e-mailing info@bodenhamarboretum.co.uk

*T&Cs will apply.

Mon 16th April –  Pencil & Watercolour Workshops

Come down to Bodenham Arboretum and unleash your inner artist with the help of local artist Daphne Millington. Learn new skills using pencils and / or watercolours to create your very own masterpiece.

We ask that you please bring a HB pencil + a selection of coloured pencils, putty rubber and smooth paper if you’re sticking to the pencil drawing; if you prefer using watercolours please bring along your own paints and brushes – however we will have some spare if you’re unable to get hold of all of these.

The day also includes morning tea or coffee with cake, homemade meat plaits with a selection of delicious salads and a scrumptious homemade dessert and finish the day off with the Bodenham afternoon cream tea.

Time: 10am – 4pm
Cost: £29.50 per person with a non refundable £5 deposit to be paid per person to secure your place.
To book: call the Visitor Centre 01562 852 444. Please note spaces are limited. Please note that we have other workshops running throughout the year – these will be listed here in ‘What’s On.’

 

 

Wed 28th March – Sun 15th April –  The Bodenham Easter Trail

Easter just would not be complete without Easter Bunnies and Easter Eggs! Follow the clues that the Easter Bunny has left around the Big Pool…find the hidden letters which when put together make up a key word…fill in your competition entry form with the word that you believe is made up from the letters and you can claim a prize from the Visitor Centre.

The Easter Trail is included in normal admission into the Grounds.

 

 

Wed 11th – Fri 13th April,  Easter Wilderness Explorers 

Wilderness Explorers, run by The World Outside Forest School gives children the opportunity to experience and explore nature in the beautiful woodland setting of Bodenham Arboretum. In a safe and secure environment children can enjoy bushcraft and other forest school type activities, including den building, mud kitchen, campfire cooking and natural arts and crafts.

Please note that unless otherwise stated children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Ages are for guidance only, please enquire if you have siblings outside of the suggested age group.

2 HOUR SESSION – 5 – 12 year olds…
Cost £5.50
Wednesday 11th 10 -12noon & 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Thursday 12th 10 -12 noon & 1.00pm – 3.00pm

Also….

1 HOUR SESSION – UNDER 5s 
Cost £4.50
Friday 13th April 10 – 11am & 11.30 – 12.30pm

Places Limited – book early to avoid disappointment! To book – see link below please.
For further information on times, activities and prices, please email Sandra at sandra@the-worldoutside.co.uk or visit www.the-worldoutside.co.uk

Sat 31st March Plant Hunters’ Fair

FREE admission into the Plant Fair. Top specialist nurseries with thousands of plants to choose from. Each stall has it’s own unique range of plants including rare, unusual, heritage and brand new varieties. There is something for every garden.

Normal admission applies into the grounds.

Wed 28th March for 8 weeks – SOLD OUT

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction – 8 Week Course

Carole Lacy delivers this 8 – week course at Bodenham Arboretum, held on the following dates/times: –
Wednesday evenings from 7pm – 9.30pm, on: –
March 28th
April 4th, 11th, 18th 25th
May 2nd, 9th and 16th
Plus an All Day ‘Silent’ Retreat Sat May 5th (10am – 3pm)

Training in Mindfulness can help us to: 
handle stress and anxiety more effectively,
maintain healthier, happier relationships and more fulfilling lives,
press our pause button and respond calmly to situations rather than overreacting or made to feel overwhelmed.

Includes 26 hrs of teaching and guided meditation…

Cost: £175 – or get 30% discount – £122.50 if you book directly with Bodenham – tel: 01562 852444 / E-mail: info@bodenham-arboretum.co.uk

Tutor Carole Lacy has trained to teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at the world renowned Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University and abides by the Good Practice Guidelines laid down by the UK Network for Mindfulness Based Teachers..

 

Sat 17th – Sun 25th March* February, Enchanting Fairy Trail

‘Ruddlelugs’ returns to Bodenham Arboretum following last year’s popularity! Follow the Trail around the lake to discover these beautiful enchanted miniature houses created from Bodenham’s own wood.

Read the story behind who inhabits each dwelling and fill in the clues along the way with the opportunity to win a prize!

*Admission to the Fairy Trail is included in Arboretum Entry prices – please note we are closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

The trail runs until Sunday 25th March.

 

 

Wed 14th March, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Free Taster Session, 7 – 8.30pm

Carole Lacy introduces ‘Mindfulness’ to anyone who may be wondering what mindfulness practice is all about and what it might involve.
The session will involve a short sitting meditation, mindful chocolate eating and bringing awareness to bodily sensations through the ‘body scan’ or gentle mindful movement.

Limited spaces – to reserve a place, please –
Tel: Bodenham Arboretum on 01562 852444
E-mail: info@bodenham-arboretum.co.uk

Carol Lacey has trained to teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at the world renowned Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University and abides by the Good Practice Guidelines laid down by the UK Network for Mindfulness Based Teachers.

 

Mon 12th March, Djembe Drumming Workshop – Beginners to Improvers

Experience the energy of traditional West African drumming and the joy of community music making with tutor Faith Sax for an energizing day here in the beautiful surroundings of Bodenham Arboertum.

The day is pitched for beginners and improvers to learn how to play Djembe and Bass Drums. Drums are provided. Other Workshops will be running throughout the year.

£37.00 per person for the day, which also includes morning tea or coffee, a Ploughman’s Lunch and an afternoon cream tea!

To book please call 01562 852444.

Sun 11th March, Mother’s Day at Bodenham…

Treat Mom with either……
Bodenham’s Fabulous Carvery!
Served from 12 noon – 2.00pm, Special Price £9.75pp
Bodenham surely has to be one of the best carveries around – choose from our succulent home reared roasts – pork, beef, lamb, ham & turkey, served with all the trimmings. Plus a free glass of Prosecco for Mum!
or
Afternoon Tea overlooking the Lake
Served from 2.00pm – 5.00pm, £12.00 pp
Which Includes assorted finger sandwiches, a selection of homemade cakes and slices, scones with butter, jam and cream, served with tea and coffee. Plus a free glass of Prosecco for Mum!

Booking essential – please call the Visitor Centre 01562 852444.

 

 

Sat 10th March, An Evening of Delectable Terror! Ghost Stories & Supper!

We invite you to take your seat overlooking the misty, shadowy lake at Bodenham Arboretum in our candle-lit Restaurant. Get yourself comfortable and prepare to be terrified by the tales from ‘The Librarian.’

Alan Birch, star of David Tristram’s ‘Inspector Drake’ movies, brings the character of the Librarian to chilling life as he reads two of local author A.G Smith’s bone-rattling ghost stories. Last year saw the show tour the Midlands and London, gaining 5* reviews.

7.30pm: Reading 1 – ‘Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep.’ – A young babysitter spends the evening in an old farmhouse that holds a sinister secret.
7.45pm: Supper will be served.
8.45pm: Reading 2 – ‘An Unwise Purchase.’ All antiques come with a history….some more dreadful than others.

Supper: Choose from Lamb Tagine, Beef Hotpot or Pork in Apple and Cider, served with rice and crusty bread. A Vegetarian option will also be available, plus we will gladly cater for anyone with special dietary requirements. A bar will also be open.

Book online* – https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/bodenhamarboretum
Alternatively, you can book at the Visitor Centre, Bodenham Arboretum – 01562 852444.

* A booking fee applies. Online booking – please either print out your tickets or download to your phone so that we may view upon entrance to the event, thank you.

 

 

Wed 21st – Fri 23rd Feb – Half Term Wilderness Explorers

Wilderness Explorers with ‘The World Outside’ gives children the opportunity to experience and explore nature in the beautiful woodland setting of Bodenham Arboretum. In a safe and secure environment children can enjoy bushcraft and other forest school type activities, including den building, mud kitchen, campfire cooking and natural arts and crafts.

Please note that unless otherwise stated children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Ages are for guidance only, please enquire if you have siblings outside of the suggested age group.
Places Limited – book early to avoid disappointment!

2 HOUR SESSION – 5 – 12 year olds, cost £5.50
Wednesday 21st Feb 10 -12noon & 1.00pm – 3.00pm & Thursday 22nd Feb 10 -12 noon & 1.00pm – 3.00pm

1 HOUR SESSION – UNDER 5s , cost £4.50
Friday 23rd Feb 10 – 11am & 11.30 – 12.30pm

To book – click here.
For further information on times, activities and prices, please email sandra@the-worldoutside.co.uk or take a look at our website www.the-worldoutside.co.uk

 

 

 

Thurs 22nd February, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Free Taster Session, 10 – 11.30am

Carole Lacy introduces ‘Mindfulness’ to anyone who may be wondering what mindfulness practice is all about and what it might involve.
The session will involve a short sitting meditation, mindful chocolate eating and bringing awareness to bodily sensations through the ‘body scan’ or gentle mindful movement.

Limited spaces – to reserve a place, please –
Tel: Bodenham Arboretum on 01562 852444
E-mail: info@bodenham-arboretum.co.uk

Carol Lacey has trained to teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at the world renowned Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University and abides by the Good Practice Guidelines laid down by the UK Network for Mindfulness Based Teachers.

 

Fri 16th Feb, Mindfulness Meditation – ‘Silence & Stillness’

Karen Lord will lead this February workshop for those who attended her earlier workshop or anyone who started to learn to meditate at home and would like to learn more whilst part of a group. It is designed to enhance your home practice and will include: –
Checking posture
More breathing techniques
Visualisation Meditations
Silence and Stillness (extended focused meditation)
Home Practice – “What has worked best for you?”
Sample Meditations to try at home

Set within the beautiful grounds of Bodenham Arboretum in our ‘Lakeside Room’ with the option of lunch* afterwards. (* Not included in price. Fresh, home prepared hot and cold food served until 2.00pm).

COST £18.00
To book: call the Visitor Centre at Bodenham on 01562 852444.

Sun 11th & Wed 14th Feb Valentine’s Afternoon Tea for Two

Treat your ‘special someone’ to a Valentine’s Afternoon Tea at Bodenham!

The tables will be set in our candle-lit Lakeside Room overlooking the Big Pool and afterwards you can take a romantic walk around the Arboretum (price includes Arboretum Admission for 2).

Includes:
Assorted sandwiches, a selection of homemade sponge cakes and slices, homemade scones with butter, jam and cream served with tea, coffee and a glass of prosecco each.

(Arboretum Admission also included).
Cost – £30.00 for two people.

To book, call the Visitor Centre on 01562 852444

 

Mon 5th February, Djembe Drumming Workshop – Beginners to Improvers

 

Experience the energy of traditional West African drumming and the joy of community music making with tutor Faith Sax for an energizing day here in the beautiful surroundings of Bodenham Arboertum.

£37.00 per person for the day, which also includes morning tea or coffee, a Ploughman’s Lunch and an afternoon cream tea!

The day is pitched for beginners and improvers to learn how to play Djembe and Bass Drums. Drums are provided. Other Workshops will be running throughout the year.

To book please call 01562 852444.

 

 

Fri 2nd February, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Free Taster Session, 10 – 11.30am

Carole Lacy introduces ‘Mindfulness’ to anyone who may be wondering what mindfulness practice is all about and what it might involve.
The session will involve a short sitting meditation, mindful chocolate eating and bringing awareness to bodily sensations through the ‘body scan’ or gentle mindful movement.

Limited spaces – to reserve a place, please –
Tel: Bodenham Arboretum on 01562 852444
E-mail: info@bodenham-arboretum.co.uk

Carole Lacy has trained to teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at the world renowned Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University and abides by the Good Practice Guidelines laid down by the UK Network for Mindfulness Based Teachers.

 

Fri 12th Jan, Mindfulness Meditation

Come and discover how to take care of your emotional and mental wellbeing with qualified practitioner Karen Lord, a Member of the Complementary Medical Association. Mindfulness Meditation’s aim is to help us achieve true inner peace and happiness.

Karen will guide you through the basics from breathing, concentration, observation and awareness of the physical self, through to intention and ideas for home practice.

Set within the beautiful grounds of Bodenham Arboretum in our ‘Lakeside Room’ with the option of lunch* afterwards. (* Not included in price. Fresh, home prepared hot and cold food served until 2.00pm).

The Workshop runs from 11am – 1pm. COST £15.00
To book: call the Visitor Centre at Bodenham on 01562 852444.

Sun 7th January, Bodenham Bound 10k Charity run in aid of Barnardo’s

What better way  great to start 2018?! A 10km (2 x 5km laps) multi terrain charity run, in aid of Barnardo’s, through the grounds of Bodenham Arboretum.

The Arboretum is situated in the convergence of three valleys, so there will be challenging hills and definitely plenty of mud, in addition to a few hard surfaces, as you run the boundary of the arboretum. You will get muddy! You will get wet! YOU WILL HAVE FUN!

All abilities welcome, over 18s only, spaces limited to 200.

Entry fee: £12 online £15 on the day (before 8.30am/Cash only) – on the day entries are subject to availability.

Further details and sign-up here.